Rediscovered Radio

WYSO’s Audio Archives project began in 2009 when boxes of old magnetic tapes surfaced in a musty storeroom. With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Archive Project and partnerships with the Greene County Library and other local organizations, over 200 hours of broadcasts, most from the 1960s and 70s, were cataloged and digitized. A project to collect oral histories to complement the recordings was also begun.

With support from the Ohio Humanities Council, the station will air this archival audio throughout 2014. The collection chronicles events at Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, around the Miami Valley and well beyond. We’ll hear the echoes of the civil rights movement as it morphed into many subsequent movements. We’ll sample news reports, interviews, documentaries, concerts, lectures, music shows, and other historic tape. We’ll listen for our collective present in the voices, and sometimes add contemporary commentary as we reflect on our progress (or lack thereof).

Archive Fellow Jocelyn Robinson begins our year-long project to explore this audio treasure trove and share it with listeners. It’s “Rediscovered Radio: Historic Audio from the WYSO Archives.”

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Rediscovered Radio
10:31 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Honoring the Ancestors: Bing’s Birthday Card

Bing Davis prepares to work on the latest piece in the Ancestral Spirit Dance series.
Jocelyn Robinson WYSO

We see the work of Dayton artist Willis “Bing” Davis hanging in banks, boardrooms, libraries, and concert halls throughout the Miami Valley. His art is full of color and movement, and is based on themes he’s been exploring for decades.

Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson found a 1981 interview with Bing Davis in the archives here at WYSO. And to celebrate the artist’s 76th birthday she some of the original recording and brings us up to date with the artist’s signature series.

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6:31 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

Last Saturday, family and friends gathered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to say good-bye to Maya Angelou, who died last month at the age of 86. Rediscovered Radio's Jocelyn Robinson adds our remembrance today with an interview from the WYSO archives, recorded at our studio in 1975.

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6:15 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Remembering What Happened At Jackson State College In 1970

Blood and bullets on the first floor of Alexander Hall, a women’s dormitory facing Lynch Street on the Jackson State campus.

In the spring of 1970, college campuses across the nation erupted in protests, mainly against the escalation of the war in Vietnam. We remember May 4th, the day Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on demonstrators at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine. Only ten days later, another campus shooting left two dead and a dozen injured at a historically black college in Mississippi, but that event is not part of our collective consciousness.

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6:36 am
Fri May 2, 2014

United Farm Workers Week, 40 Years Later

César Chávez
Cornelius M. Keyes National Archives

In the summer of 1973, César Chávez came to Dayton from the strike lines in Coachella, California to talk about the plight of farm workers. There was a week of activities and WYSO News was right in the middle of it.  Rediscovered Radio’s Jocelyn Robinson takes a look at the struggles facing the migrant worker community, then and now.

When United Farm Workers union organizer César Chávez spoke at the University of Dayton over forty years ago, the hardships he described sounded real, but seemed far away.

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7:38 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Why Wilberforce? The History Of The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

This “Why Wilberforce?” brochure listed the reasons an African American museum should be located in Wilberforce, Ohio, home Wilberforce University, Central State University, and Payne Theological Seminary.
National Afro-American Museum

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce opened its doors 26 years ago this April. Rediscovered Radio’s Jocelyn Robinson found historic audio in the WYSO Archives, and offers a look at how the museum has fared over the years.

Back in the fall of 1980, WYSO News aired a story on the National Afro-American Museum project. Even then, according to reporter Brian McCormick, the museum had been in the works for a long time:

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